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Gabe Marx

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator

Gabe grew up in the Bay Area before heading to Ohio to study neuroscience at Oberlin College, graduating in 2014. During his summers, Gabe garnered research experience by working in various neuroscience labs such as Dr. Sofia Vinogradov’s lab at the San Francisco VA researching cognitive training as a therapy for sensory deficits in schizophrenia as well as Dr. Rene Hen’s lab at Columbia University investigating hippocampal neurogenesis in rodent models. Gabe first began his work in neuroimaging while studying abroad in Budapest, Hungary. While working at the Budapest Center for Complex Systems and Computational Neuroscience, Gabe worked on advanced techniques in connectivity analysis of functional MRI data. This work was continued back at Oberlin with his advisor, Dr. Patrick Simen. There, Gabe investigated networks activated in two-point decision making paradigms through fMRI data.

Gabe joined the Memory and Aging Center in September 2014. He is an imaging core analyst and clinical research coordinator for Dr. Rosen’s Neuroimaging in Frontotemporal Dementia study—a longitudinal study aimed at determining which imaging modalities and biomarkers help predict the onset and monitor the progression of frontotemporal dementia.

Gabe currently lives in Oakland. In his free time, Gabe is an active musician and songwriter.

James Fraser

Project Manager

James Fraser received his bachelor’s degree and a certificate in project management from the University of Washington.

James’s career has involved work in research data coordination and project management. He has held research project management positions at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC), Group Health Research Institute (GHRI), and the MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation in Seattle, Washington. While at FHCRC, James worked on the NIH-funded Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study and coordinated its ancillary studies through the University of Washington’s Clinical Research Center. He was a project manager for AHRQ-funded contracts regarding clinical preventive services, team-based primary care, and patients with multiple chronic conditions.

James joined the Memory and Aging Center in September 2014 and is the project manager for the CMS-funded Care Ecosystem study, an innovative clinical program that builds on the UCSF Memory and Aging Center's 15-year history of offering high-quality dementia care, while incorporating the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s specialized expertise in functional monitoring and rural dementia care. By supporting family caregivers, keeping patients healthy, and helping them prepare together for advancing illness, this study aims to improve satisfaction with care, prevent emergency-related health care costs, and keep patients in the home longer.

Cheyanne Rofe

Research Intern

Cheyanne is a junior at UC Berkeley, studying molecular and cell biology with an emphasis in immunology. She joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory as a research intern in February 2014. Cheyanne assists with the Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank as well as brain blocking procedures to generate histology information for neuropathological studies.

Gallery 190

The Memory and Aging Center has met individuals who never created art before becoming ill and are now making wonderful, intriguing artwork in the face of their illness. When the MAC moved to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in 2012, we immediately imagined art hanging in the beautiful reception area of Suite 190.

Gallery 190, sponsored by the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), is located in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Paul Strain

Research Coordinator

Paul J. Strain graduated from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities in 2011 with a degree in biochemistry and a minor in German studies. Paul joined the Memory and Aging Center in September of 2014 after teaching high school life science for three years at Fremont High School in Oakland. He is a research coordinator for the study Frontotemporal Dementia: Genes, Imaging and Emotions. This observational study aims to better characterize neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia with the goal of developing better diagnostic tools for the diseases.

Queena Lin

Postdoctoral Scholar

Queena (Li-Chun) Lin completed her PhD in neurobiology (Sibille Laboratory of Translational Neuroscience Program, University of Pittsburgh), with a focus on the selective vulnerability of GABAergic interneurons in human and mouse. She joined the Seeley Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory in September 2014 and is studying the patterns of selective vulnerability in progressive supranuclear palsy and frontotemporal dementia by quantitative neuroanatomy and next generation sequencing.

Nagehan Ayakta

Research Associate

Nagehan graduated from University of California, Berkeley in May 2014 with honors and a BA degree in Molecular and Cell Biology-Neurobiology. She completed her honor thesis at the Jagust laboratory under the guidance of Dr. William Jagust and Dr. Sylvia Villeneuve at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Her main focus was investigating the temporal and spatial pattern of beta-amyloid accumulation in healthy adults.

At the Memory and Aging Center, Nagehan is a research associate working with Dr. Gil Rabinovici and also continues to work with the Jagust laboratory at Berkeley. Currently she is working on a variety of PET imaging projects studying amyloid, hypometabolism, and tau.

Luke Bonham

Research Coordinator

Luke grew up in Southern California before attending UC Berkeley. Graduating with a degree in business administration, he joined the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center in 2013. Prior to joining the Memory and Aging Center, he worked in Dr. Dena Dubal’s lab at UCSF to study sex differences in mouse models of neurodegenerative diseases. He currently works with Jennifer Yokoyama, PhD, and Howard Rosen, MD, to study the genetics of healthy aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

In his free time, Luke likes to ski, camp and hike.

Andreas Lazaris

Clinical Research Coordinator

Andreas graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 with a B.A. degree in cognitive neuroscience. In his time at Berkeley, Andreas completed his honors thesis under Dr. Gil Rabinovici as an undergraduate researcher in the laboratory of William Jagust, assessing the function of PET biomarkers in the diagnosis and disease course of Alzheimer’s disease and frontotemporal dementia. Andreas also worked as an undergraduate research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Liana Apostolova at the UCLA Mary S. Easton Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center.

Since graduating, Andreas has joined the UCSF Memory and Aging Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator, working under Dr. Gil Rabinovici at the MAC and in the Jagust Lab at the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley. Andreas coordinates the group's PET imaging projects and clinical trials, focusing on clinical phenotypes of disease and their relation to FDG, amyloid, and tau PET imaging measures. Outside of the world of neurology, you can find Andreas riding his bike from cafe to cafe throughout the East Bay and catching a local live show whenever possible.

Rik Ossenkoppele, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar

Rik Ossenkoppele is a postdoctoral researcher at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center. He completed his PhD degree at the Alzheimer Center of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2013. His past research focused on (amyloid and glucose metabolism) PET and MRI imaging in relation to neuropsychological performance in Alzheimer’s disease patients. He currently utilizes these techniques to better understand clinical heterogeneity and cognitive reserve in dementia. Dr. Ossenkoppele’s work at the UCSF MAC is supported by BrightFocus and a Marie Curie FP7 International Outgoing Fellowship.

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